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Old 06-22-2015, 05:30 PM   #1
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Truck Tail Gate Question

For those of you who use a "V" Flow Thru Tail Gate on your truck, do you notice an appreciable fuel mileage gain. I've heard some claims that seem a little bit too good to be true. However, I notice a lot of people equip their trucks with them. Any feedback would be appreciated.
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Old 06-22-2015, 05:35 PM   #2
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At 10 mpg towing I can't tell. I can tell you, I put a wind sock out before I decide which direction to go.
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Old 06-22-2015, 05:41 PM   #3
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I take it that you don't always reach your desired destinations! : )
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Did not make a difference on our truck. We get a steady 12MPG with either tailgate. I like the ability to hitch and unhitch with out the worry that I forgot to open the Tailgate. Our best increase in the MPG was to add the Tuner and exhaust system.
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Old 06-22-2015, 06:59 PM   #5
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I left our stock tailgate on, as I like having it (with the rear backup camera) and the ability to lock it with our bed cover when we are parked. I also put in a power tailgate lock (pop and lock) so it locks and unlocks with the key fob.
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Old 06-22-2015, 10:01 PM   #6
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If you're buying to save fuel you would be better off putting the money back in your wallet to buy fuel, I never noticed any difference in mpg on my last truck. Plus as Jim said l don't want to lose the backup camera. Just remember, OPEN THE TAILGATE!!!
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I left our stock tailgate on, as I like having it (with the rear backup camera) and the ability to lock it with our bed cover when we are parked. I also put in a power tailgate lock (pop and lock) so it locks and unlocks with the key fob.
Noticed you have the power tailgate lock , did your truck have the additional tail gate warmer with it?
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I guess not, because I've never heard of it and don't know what it is.
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The tail gate warmer keeps your hands warm during the winter when your pushing your Ford home. LOL
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Must say that was a good one
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Old 06-22-2015, 10:57 PM   #11
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I spend my winters in AZ so I don't think I need it
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Now that was a good one!!!!! I do have to say that we have a 2011 Ford 350 and a 2012 GMC 4500 and both do their jobs perfectly.
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Being you are in the cold do you have the tail gate heater
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No tailgate heater. We have heated seats so I just sit and wait.
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Old 06-23-2015, 03:24 AM   #15
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My V gate used the existing backup camera just a special mount.
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I thought Myth Busters put that myth to bed - flow through actually got worse mileage.

I don't think Chevs came with a tailgate heater, because they have ONSTAR that automatically calls for a wrecker whenever they cross over the white line.
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I use my stock tailgate to keep the backup camera and because I to cheap to buy a V one. Father in law has a luvered one. Only real advantage I see is you don't have to lower the tailgate to hook and in hook so if you had to hook up at an angle you are way better off. He swears by it but he also spent $300 for it!
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My middle BIL forgot to let his tailgate down once, now he has a nice dimple right in the middle of his Ford Tailgate from his 5th Wheel.
My oldest BIL forgot to lock his hitch once, now he has two matching dimples on the bed rail of his Ford from his 5th Wheel.
So far our GMC is dimple free
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I thought Myth Busters put that myth to bed - flow through actually got worse mileage.

I don't think Chevs came with a tailgate heater, because they have ONSTAR that automatically calls for a wrecker whenever they cross over the white line.
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some of us just stay hooked to the wrecker. It saves on the wait time
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The tail gate warmer keeps your hands warm during the winter when your pushing your Ford home. LOL
I Just seriously laughed out loud at that!
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